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Hilltop Service Station, 299 London Road, Horndean,
Waterlooville, Hampshire PO8 0JE

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Keep Safe in a Breakdown

03 February 2016 / Hilltop Garage

How to stay safe in a breakdown

Nobody wants to have their car or van breakdown, it’s not really something you can plan for. But there are some important things you can do to keep yourself and passengers safe if the worst should happen. Of course you are the person best placed to decide what to do, however here are some suggestions to help keep you safe….

Prevention is better than cure

Keep your car or van regularly serviced. Make sure you carry out routine weekly maintenance checks yourself as recommended in the manufacturers handbook. i.e oil, water, tyre pressures etc, all simple things that could prevent anxiety about a breakdown.

Warning lights are there for a reason

Should you notice a warning light appear on your dashboard whilst driving then pull over in a safe place and consult the vehicles handbook. Don’t keep driving and hoping for the best, not only could it be dangerous to continue, you could cause severe and expensive damage to your vehicle.

Be alert

If you hear, see or smell something unusual or feel strange vibrations then slow down and pull over safely to investigate the problem. Again don’t keep driving, you could cause more problems for yourself.

Don’t panic

If you have to stop find somewhere safe, a lay-by, or if you have too the hard shoulder. If you can’t get off the carriageway then pull over to the left as far as possible and use your hazard warning lights. If it is safe to do so deploy your red hazard warning triangle behind your vehicle.

Exit stage left

Exit from the passengers side, and make sure all passengers do as well. If possible get well away from the vehicle and stay away until help arrives. Of course at night you may feel more secure locked in your vehicle, that is a call you will have to make depending on conditions. You can always leave the passenger door unlocked if you feel unsafe or threatened so you can get back in quickly.

Call for help

Once you and your vehicle are safe call for assistance from a breakdown provider. If you can’t make your vehicle safe or have nowhere safe to wait or don’t have a membership to any providers then call the police and they may arrange recovery or assistance for you.

Hilltop Garage Horndean

Hilltop Garage Horndean carry out repairs, Mot’s and servicing to all makes and models of cars and light vans and commercial vehicles.

If you would like a friendly no obligation quote for repairs or servicing on your vehicle please feel free to call us on 02392 596038 or email us via the contact form on our website www.hilltopgaragehorndean.co.uk or pop in for a chat with out friendly reception staff at Hilltop Garage Horndean, 299 London Road, Horndean, Waterlooville, Hants, PO8 0JE.


It was a pleasure to find such a professional and helpful garage, I was made to feel valued and would definitely use this garage again.

Phil Green

Highly recommend this garage, got great service, friendly and helpful staff. and I got my car washed and vacuumed for free too!

Janine Tester

Booked my car in at short notice, the workshop was very helpful,they called me with a list of the work that needed doing,they repaired my car quickly and I am very happy with the service received.

Anne Froad

I am pleasantly surprised to have found a garage that offers good service so close to where I live, Hilltop Garage did a good job at a reasonable price, they kept me well informed and were polite and courteous too.

Tom McCartney

Hilltop Garage never fail to impress me. Amazing service,Great prices lovely people.

Natalie Jenkins

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